What a tail-waggin' delight to discover how the Athens Avalon Greenspace has been transformed: Tiers of golden poppies alongside the stairs. First pic is a "Then" pic from several years ago. Next four pics: April 2013.
This hike was meant to check out this minipark's progress, a new McLaren Park entrance fountain, and then just random middle-ish trails until eventually meandering out to Mansell: no rush!
When able to tear myself away from the Greenspace, continued to the top of the stairway (at Valmar) and downhill a block to the foot of the Peru-to-Valmar stairway (pics 6, 7).
At the top of this rustic delight (77 steps), continuing south a short distance took me to Burrows that runs E-W alongside the park. Here an area was fenced in with work ongoing so detoured east a few yards to the new flower fountain at the Gambier and Burrows entrance (eighth pic). Hadn't been to this part of the park in a while (ninth pic: row of low mosaic seats here).
Behind me to the south beckoned sunny acres of forested and openspaced green rolling hills dotted with wildflowers, so off I went: sometimes minor trails not hiked in a while, other times hitting a main one.
Up-and-downed through exhilarating, wild, secluded forest trails and inviting openspaces (pics 10 through 14). As I paused atop one of the many unmarked dirt trails that wind through this breathtakingly gorgeous park, a refreshing breeze rippled the still-green tall grasses in a way that no mere photos could capture; ya had to be there… Do it!